The Second Annual Dance Studio Life “Generous Heart” Awards

L. to R. Richard Branigan, Juan Carlos Claudio, Rebecca Davis & Joe Orrach

Dance Studio Life publisher Rhee Gold and the editorial staff wish to acknowledge the efforts of the risk takers and generous hearts who have earned our respect and serve as inspiration for the entire dance community. This year’s “Generous Hearts” recipients have made remarkable contributions to the field.

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February 2015 | Table of Contents

February 2015

This month we focus on wellness, of both mind and body. Gone are the days of harsh teaching methods that promoted unhealthy mindsets; today there are widespread efforts to make dance training good for body and soul. You’ll discover how one school tends to both, how a team of dancers delivers Mindful Practice to private studios, and how to help teens in trouble.

Plus, month-by-month business goals, paving the way for freshman dance majors, post-performance feedback at USA IBC, our annual roundup of teacher training options, and more.

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January 2015 | Table of Contents

January 2015

A World of Dance Volume 20 | Issue 1 | Buy a print copy It’s time for our New Year’s tradition—sharing stories about dance from a global perspective. This month we’re taking you to France for ballet, to Korea for traditional and contemporary dance, and to the Middle East to . . .

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December 2014 | Table of Contents

Hip-Hop & Jazz Volume 19 | Issue 10 | Buy a print copy It’s time for our favorite funky duo, hip-hop and jazz! Read about master hip-hop teachers, birthday party fun, and dancers ages 50 and up getting their groove on. Then meet the Marta sisters, with jazz styles as . . .

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November 2014 | Table of Contents

5, 6, 7, 8! Kids! Volume 19 | Issue 9 | Buy a print copy Our kids-centric issue will help you get everybody dancing. We’ve got stories on parent participation classes, approaches for reaching students with special needs, boosting community interest through free coffee hours, and dance teachers’ favorite music . . .

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August 2014 |Table of Contents

Dance Studio Life, a magazine with a back-to-basics approach, is a division of the Rhee Gold Company, whose mission is to be at the forefront of dance and education by promoting the highest possible standards in teaching.

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July 2014 | Table of Contents

Celebrating 10 Years, plus Holiday Shows and Sparkle Volume 19 | Issue 5 | Buy a print copy Our 10th-anniversary issue brings you reflections from Rhee Gold and profiles of the remarkable recipients of the first Dance Studio Life “Generous Hearts” Awards. For our holiday focus, we’ve got fun, new . . .

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Business Bonanza Volume 19 | Issue 4 | Buy a print copy Dig into this month’s issue for tips on running successful staff meetings, teaching exceptional dancers, and convincing kids who think they don’t love dance to think again. Plus, you’ll meet studio owners in the Midwest and on Maui . . .

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March|April 2014 | Table of Contents

Modern & Contemporary Volume 19 | Issue 3 | Buy a print copy In this month’s issue, we explore concepts for teaching modern and contemporary dance. You’ll gain new ideas and methods for the classroom with our stories on improv and composition classes, how and when to introduce codified modern . . .

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Summer’s Bounty Volume 19 | Issue 2 Ready for something new this summer? We’ve got three ideas for you to explore as workshops or seasonal sessions or to consider for year-round classes. Then dig into our annual lineup of teach-training options, because summer is the perfect time for a refresher. . . .

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Global Dance Volume 19 | Issue 1 Pack your bags! We’re taking you on a trek—to Haiti with Jean Appolon; to California, where South African dance thrives; to the Southwest, where Native American dance is alive; across the U.S. with Vanaver Caravan, and more. Plus, you won’t want to miss . . .

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December 2013 Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for dance teachers 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Better Balance By David Arce 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Way to Pop By Geo Hubela 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Get Grounded By Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Building on Basics By Gregg Russell A Better You | Thoughts to . . .

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November 2013 Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for dance teachers 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Super Stretches By David Arce 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Build a Foundation By Geo Hubela 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Seeing the Good, Analyzing the Need By Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Breaking It Down By Gregg Russell A Better You . . .

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October 2013 Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for dance teachers 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Upper-Body Awareness By David Arce 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Building Endurance By Geo Hubela 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Change and Replace By Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Teaching Time Steps By Gregg Russell A Better You | Sound Advice By . . .

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September 2013 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for dance teachers 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Fine-Tuning Performances By David Arce 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Drop & Freeze By Geo Hubela 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Unpacking, Uncovering By Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Slides & Warm-Up By Gregg Russell A Better You | Pampering During . . .

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August 2013 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for dance teachers 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | A+ Arabesques By David Arce 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Focus on Foundations By Geo Hubela 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Placing the Weight By Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Developing Musicality By Gregg Russell A Better You | Sidestepping the . . .

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July 2013 | Ask Rhee Gold | Advice for dance teachers

I am having a difficult time. I run a small studio with only one room and one teacher, with around 150 kids. About five years ago we were kicked out of a mall because the businesses didn’t like the noise; about a year later my studio burned down. It turned out that our insurance covered losses only if we were the cause of the fire, and since the furnace blew and it was ruled that no one was at fault, we were out of luck and money. Then, about a year ago, my mother (and business manager) passed away from breast cancer.

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July 2013 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for dance teachers 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Barre Basics By David Arce 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Muscle Memory By Geo Hubela 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Joy of Teaching By Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Bombershays and Counter-Rhythms By Gregg Russell A Better You | Sniffles & . . .

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May-June 2013 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for dance teachers 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Weight and Balance By David Arce 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Dressing the Part By Geo Hubela 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Spine Flexibility By Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Adding and Enhancing Sounds By Gregg Russell A Better You . . .

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March-April 2013 | On My Mind

When was the last time you took a vacation? How about a day off just to rest and refuel? If you’re like many of the dance teachers and school owners I talk to, you’ll say you don’t have the time or the money. If that sounds like you, then maybe it’s time to rethink your priorities.

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March-April 2013 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for dance teachers 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | At the Barre By David Arce 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Slides By Geo Hubela 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Discovering the Spine By Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Turns and Flaps By Gregg Russell A Better You | Shape Up . . .

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February 2013 | On My Mind

We are in conference mode here at the Rhee Gold Company and Dance Studio Life. What started as Project Motivate with 20 attendees in 1998 has morphed into the DanceLife Teacher Conference, which attracts more than 700 teachers, school owners, and studio managers from across the United States and Canada, and from as far away as Italy and Australia.

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February 2013 | Click! | New DanceLife Teacher Conference website

The next DanceLife Teacher Conference is coming up this summer, held August 1 through 4, at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. And now you can see the most updated schedules and faculty roster at the brand-new DanceLife Teacher Conference website. Visit dancelifeteacherconference.com, and come back for updates!

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February 2013 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for dance teachers 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Rigor and Nuance By Mignon Furman 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | The Shoulder Bounce By Geo Hubela 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Investigations By Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Shuffles and Pullbacks By Gregg Russell A Better You | Getting Out . . .

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January 2013 | Click! | Join Rhee Gold on Twitter

Online must-sees from the Rhee Gold Company From the latest happenings in the dance community to some of the best articles from Dance Studio Life, plus performances, workshops, and other events for dancers and teachers, Rhee Gold’s Twitter feed will keep you up to date. Get your dose of daily . . .

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January 2013 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for dance teachers 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Pas de Cheval By Mignon Furman 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Muscle Control By Geo Hubela 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Focus on Intent  By Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Clean and Simple By Stacy Eastman A Better You | Say . . .

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December 2012 | Ask Rhee Gold

I need some advice on an extremely sad, unfortunate situation. As a member of Dance Masters of America, I uphold a code of ethics. I respect my colleagues and do my best to maintain a professional working relationship with everyone. Recently, though, a full-time teacher of four years at a local dance studio got arrested for multiple instances of lewd and lascivious acts with minors. One incident occurred at a dance convention. The studio owner knew about it and still kept this teacher on staff for several months. When the owner finally let her go, she still planned to have the teacher choreograph privately for the school’s competition team. My problem is that this has lowered morale and trust in dance studios and teachers.

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December 2012 | On My Mind

In this month’s issue we focus on jazz and hip-hop. As we were brainstorming about the content for the jazz section, I found my mind wandering back to the mid-1970s, when as teenagers, my twin brother, Rennie, and I would go with our mom to New York City to take classes from the jazz masters of the time. Many of those classes were with Luigi, who is featured in this issue.

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December 2012 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for dance teachers 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Pointe Prep By Mignon Furman 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Music and the Mirror By Geo Hubela 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | The Whole Dancer By Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | . . .

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November 2012 | Ask Rhee Gold

Dear Rhee,

Today one of my teen students told me that she has to leave the school where I teach because her parents can’t afford the lessons, shoes, and costumes. She is such a good dancer, with a personality that cannot be beat. She’s at the studio all the time and I look forward to seeing her because she fills the room with joy. I want to ask the school’s owner to give the girl a scholarship, but I know he is having a hard time financially too. I was thinking of paying for part of the tuition myself, but I can’t afford to cover all her expenses. I am looking for advice on how I can keep this student in the classroom.

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November 2012 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for dance teachers. 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Fouetté Fundamentals By Mignon Furman 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Artistic Vision By Geo Hubela 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Strong and Liquid By Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Early Steps in Improvising By Stacy . . .

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October 2012 | Shared Seclusion

By Karen White

The five wild turkeys were in no rush, scratching their way methodically across the DanceLife Retreat Center lawn, looking up and loping into the woods when a car crunched across the gravel drive.

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October 2012 | Ask Rhee Gold

Dear Rhee,

I teach for an amazing woman who built a big school with the help of her mother, who worked in the office until she died over a year ago, at a young age. It was stunning to all of us involved in the school because she really was the one who prepared and had everything organized for everything that happens outside of the classes. She died in the spring, so all the teachers and friends jumped in to help get through the rest of the year. It worked out fine and everyone bonded, feeling like they were part of the team. It was very rewarding. When the next season started my boss had hired a new studio manager to replace her mother.

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October 2012 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for dance teachers 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Developing Trust By Mignon Furman 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Watch and Learn By Geo Hubela 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Energy Paths By Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Amping It . . .

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September 2012 | Ask Rhee Gold

I don’t want my students or their parents to believe that I am not offering them the best training I can, but I know they are getting from my school what they need. And I know this girl should move on. Are my teachers right?

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September 2012 | On My Mind

As I’m writing this, I’m heading into my fifth week of seminars at the DanceLife Retreat Center. And what I’ve discovered is that not only can dreams come true, but they can exceed our expectations.

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September 2012 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for Dance Teachers 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers by Mignon Furman 2Tips for Hip Hop Teachers by Geo Hubela 2Tips for Modern Teachers by Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers by Stacy Eastman A Better You | Fighting Fatigue by Suzanne Martin, PT, DPT . . .

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August 2012 | Ask Rhee Gold

I grew up in a family business, and we had many personal and dance-related arguments. But we all knew, without question, that we would behave professionally at the studio, even when we were angry.

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August 2012 | On My Mind

Many of you are school owners on the cusp of a new year of dance. What will you do differently this year? What can you do to improve? Of course those questions are related to teaching, but they’re also about the business.

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August 2012 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers 2 Tips for Modern Dance Teachers 2 Tips for Tap Teachers A Better You | The Post-Dancing Diet EditorSpeak On My Mind DEPARTMENTS Mail Thinking Out Loud | Making My Garden Bloom Teacher in the Spotlight . . .

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July 2012 | On My Mind

What’s keeping you from doing what you know is right? Are you giving others that power? You are if you ask yourself questions like these: “I know I need more space, but I’m afraid my clients won’t follow me if I move my school.

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July 2012 | Mindful Marketing | Coupons for Bargain Hunters

People love a deal, and coupons are an easy way to attract thrifty parents. Why not offer them for dance lessons? They’re appropriate for all classes and levels, but let’s look at what works well for parents of preschoolers.

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July 2012 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers 2 Tips for Modern Dance Teachers 2 Tips for Tap Teachers A Better You | Headache Help EditorSpeak On My Mind DEPARTMENTS Mail Thinking Out Loud | Unexpected Inspiration Teacher in the Spotlight | Jennifer Sue . . .

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May-June 2012 | On My Mind

When I was a child, my parents took me to Paragon Park, an amusement park in Hull, Massachusetts, with an old, rickety roller coaster. I liked to watch that roller coaster more than I liked to ride it;

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May-June 2012 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers 2 Tips for Modern Dance Teachers 2 Tips for Tap Teachers A Better You | Health Care How-Tos EditorSpeak On My Mind DEPARTMENTS Mail Thinking Out Loud | Why I Walked Teacher in the Spotlight | . . .

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March-April 2012 | Ask Rhee Gold

I have been teaching for 13 years at a school owned by my best friend. We have been friends since middle school. She has devoted herself to her business and dance forever. Her dream was to own a school and my dream was to teach without the pressures of a business. The relationship has been pretty much perfect for many years.

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March-April 2012 | On My Mind

These days, when I turn on the TV, I get frustrated. I’ve had it with the national television shows that, in my opinion, shine an unjust and negative light on the dance-teaching profession. Dance is such a positive experience for so many students, families, teachers, and studio owners, but what’s stealing the limelight is all the negativity.

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March-April 2012 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers 2 Tips for Modern Dance Teachers 2 Tips for Tap Teachers A Better You | Say Goodbye to Smoking EditorSpeak On My Mind DEPARTMENTS Mail Thinking Out Loud | I Remember Tony Teacher in the Spotlight . . .

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Rhee Gold Inspiration: A Real Dancer

Yet when I see dancers with disabilities or a group of senior-citizens tappers- and of course that 3-year-old pretending to be a ballerina- I am reminded that anyone who touches the heart of an observer is a real dancer.

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